Louisiana has recently been in the news for a school voucher program that funds religious schools teaching creationism as science.
Now at least one Louisiana school board is charting a reverse course. Orleans Parish has voted to ban teaching creationism, intelligent design, and any element of religious belief in science classes. The parish has also banned a popular "revisionist" history syllabus from Texas, which offers a conservative, religious viewpoint.
None of the schools in Orleans Parish actually teaches creationism - but the school board president Thomas Robichaux wanted to ensure that they never did, and so passed the measure as his final act before leaving office.
The curricula used in Texas schools are the focus of especial angst among educators because the Lone Star State has such a large population, and so its educational standards and textbooks often get adopted nationally. California has already banned the Texas history curriculum from public schools.